Insider Report: Great weekend for car buffs, plus a challenge that'll knock your shoes off
Insider Report visits Motorfest 2013 in Stoufville
While some of the Wheels.ca team spent Saturday at the first ever Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance on Georgian Bay, I spent my day a bit closer to home. Much closer. Even though I live in Whitby, I had never heard of Stouffville Motorfest, which is considered one of the largest cruise shows in Ontario. The 2012 edition saw more than 1,400 cars on display. And so I headed northwest to the wilds of Stouffville to see what the buzz was about.
I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever been to a larger show. Sure, Autofest in Oshawa is big and covers lots of parkland, but the sheer mass of vehicles at Motorfest was simply mind boggling. Fortunately, Mother Nature did her best to provide a fantastic day for the show. I was happy to see a very wide range of cars, from the expected American muscle to German and Japanese sports cars and pretty much everything in between. I will be sure to go back next year.
GEOX – Scream Challenge with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team
Somehow the scared passenger in a fast car video just never gets old. While I can’t share many of these videos because they include scantily clad (or less) young ladies being scared witless, this marketing contest held by running shoe maker GEOX is perfectly safe for work. Winners of a contest were brought out to a race track to receive 20 pairs of new shoes. The catch was that they had to go for a ride with Red Bull Formula 1 drivers Sébastien Buemi and Sebastian Vettel. Each time they screamed, they lost a pair of shoes. The resulting video is quite funny!
Kenny Brack gives a lesson in car control
Prototype sports cars of the late Sixties and early Seventies were not easy to drive at the best of times. Add in rain and the task becomes even more difficult. At the Goodwood Revival this weekend in Jolly Olde, former Indycar racer Kenny Brack was driving in a special class called the Whitsun Trophy, which was for only Ford GT40s. That’s correct, a field of nothing but Ford’s Ferrari killer. Brack’s steed for the weekend was Team Red Bull F1 engineer Adrian Newey’s personal beast.
The skies opened prior to qualifying, which meant that a bunch of very expensive, irreplaceable historic cars would be an even bigger challenge. Brack at least partially dispelled the myth that modern racers aren’t real drivers, by taking the wild beast out and wringing its neck. This guy is nothing short of a rain master. The massively powerful Ford bucks and tries to spin every inch of the way, and I don’t think it goes in a straight line once in this whole video. Spectacular.
Introducing the Infiniti G37 Coupe Track Car
While I’m on the topic of Infiniti and Red Bull, now might be a good time to tell you about their new promotional tool. The Infiniti gang has been having a bit of fun tweaking a G37 Coupe and turning it into a track weapon to be used for demonstrations, displays and passenger rides. They are promising that this machine will tour the globe, so let’s hope that it makes a stop in Canada soon.
15 Seconds With: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Juvenile. That is the word a friend, who used to race a Mini in the U.K. used to describe his first impression of the Fiesta ST. He meant that in a good way, as the car made him feel twenty years younger and gave him the urge to drive it like a racer. I have to say that the Fiesta ST is a car that brings out the hoon in the loose nut behind the wheel. I haven’t had this much fun in a car in ages. Even though my bad back makes getting into the Recaro racing seats a bit of a production, I look forward to driving the ST each and every time, just so that I can squirt that torque-y little 1,600 cc four cylinder again and again.
After a week’s worth of fun, I noticed this morning that there is a lot of brake dust on the front wheels. I’m wondering if it is the Torque Vectoring Control system, which applies the inside front brake to prevent understeer that is causing this. Regardless, owners will not complain about washing their ST because they will want it nice and shiny when they go out to play.